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Volume E: Contemporary Period (1945 to the Present)

Earlier Generations: Cold War Culture and Its Discontents

Ann Petry (1908-1997)
The Witness

Theodore Roethke (1908-1963)
Frau Bauman, Frau Schmidt, and Frau Schwartze
Root Cellar
Big Wind
from The Lost Son
----------- 1. The Flight
----------- 4. The Return
----------- 5. It was beginning winter
from Meditations of an Old Woman
----------- First Meditation
----------- from Fourth Meditation
My Papa's Waltz

Eudora Welty (1909-2002)
The Wide Net

Charles Olson (1910-1970)
The Kingfishers
For Sappho, Back
I, Maximus of Gloucester, to You
Maximus, to himself

Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979)
The Fish
The Man-Moth
At the Fishhouses
Filling Station

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983)
Portrait of a Madonna

Tillie Lerner Olsen (b. 1913)
Tell Me a Riddle

Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980)
The Minotaur
The Poem as Mask
Martin Luther King, Malcolm X
How We Did It

Carlos Bulosan (1913-1956)
from America Is in the Heart
----------- from Chapter XIII
----------- from Chapter XIV

Robert Hayden (1913-1980)
Tour 5
Those Winter Sundays
Summertime and the Living . . .
Mourning Poem for the Queen of Sunday

Bernard Malamud (1914-1986)
The Magic Barrel

Ralph Waldo Ellison (1914-1994)
A Party Down at the Square
Flying Home
Brave Words for a Startling Occasion

Arthur Miller (b. 1915)
The Crucible

Saul Bellow (b. 1915)
Looking for Mr. Green

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000)
The Sundays of Satin-Legs Smith
The Mother
We Real Cool
A Bronzeville Mother Loiters in Mississippi. Meanwhile, a Mississippi

----------- Mother Burns Bacon
The Last Quatrain of the Ballad of Emmett Till

Robert Lowell, Jr. (1917-1977)
Memories of West Street and Lepke
Skunk Hour
For Theodore Roethke
For the Union Dead
Near the Ocean

Hisaye Yamamoto (b. 1921)
Seventeen Syllables

Grace Paley (b. 1922)
The Expensive Moment

John Okada (1923-1971)
from No-No Boy
----------- Chapter 6

James Baldwin (1924-1987)
Sonny's Blues

Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964)
A Good Man Is Hard to Find
A Sheaf of Poetry and Prose from the Beat Movement

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)
A Supermarket in California

Jack Kerouac (1922-1969)
The Vanishing American Hobo

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (b. 1919)
I Am Waiting
Dove Sta Amore . . .
The Old Italians Dying

Brenda (Bonnie) Frazer (b. 1939)
from Troia: Mexican Memoirs

Joyce Johnson (b. 1934)
from Door Wide Open
from Minor Characters

Gary Snyder (b. 1930)
Vapor Trails
It Was When

Malcolm X (1925-1965)
from The Autobiography of Malcolm X
----------- from Chapter 19, 1965

Robert Creeley (b. 1926)
Hart Crane
I Know a Man
For Love

Frank O'Hara (1926-1966)
My Heart
The Day Lady Died
Why I Am Not a Painter

John Ashbery (b. 1927)
The Instruction Manual
Farm Implements and Rutabagas in a Landscape
As You Came from the Holy Land

Cynthia Ozick (b. 1928)
The Shawl

Edward Albee (b. 1928)
The Sand Box

Anne Sexton (1928-1974)
Her Kind
Somewhere in Africa

Paule Marshall (b. 1929)
To Da-Duh, in Memoriam

Adrienne Rich (b. 1929)
Diving into the Wreck
From a Survivor
Not Somewhere Else, but Here
Coast to Coast

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)
For a Fatherless Son
Lady Lazarus
Fever 103º;

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)
I Have a Dream

New Generations: Postmodernity and Difference

Rolando Hinojosa-Smith (b. 1929)
Sometimes It Just Happens That Way; That's All

John Barth (b. 1930)
Lost in the Funhouse

A Sheaf of Vietnam Conflict Poetry and Prose

Michael Herr (b. 1940)
from Dispatches

Tim O'Brien (b. 1946)
In the Field

Norman Mailer (b. 1923)
from The Armies of the Night

Robert Bly (b. 1926)
Counting Small-Boned Bodies
The Teeth Mother Naked at Last

Yusef Komunyakaa (b. 1947)
Tu Do Street
Facing It
Fog Galleon

Denise Levertov (1923-1997)
Illustrious Ancestors
A Solitude
Making Peace
A Woman Alone
The May Mornings

Donald Barthelme (1931-1989)
At the End of the Mechanical Age

Toni Morrison (b. 1931)

John Updike (b. 1932)
Trust Me

Ernest J. Gaines (b. 1933)
The Sky Is Gray

N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa) (b. 1934)
from The Way To Rainy Mountain
----------- Headwaters
----------- Prologue
----------- From the Introduction
----------- IV
----------- XVI
----------- XVII
----------- XXIV
----------- Epilogue
----------- Rainy Mountain Cemetery

Audre Lorde (1934-1992)
Walking Our Boundaries
Never Take Fire from a Woman
The Art of Response
The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House

Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) (b. 1934)
An Agony. As now.
Ka 'Ba
Black People: This Is Our Destiny
A Poem Some People Will Have to Understand
Numbers, Letters

Sonia Sanchez (b. 1934)
to blk/record/buyers
Just Don't Never Give Up on Love
A Letter to Dr. Martin Luther King
Father and Daughter

Tomas Rivera (1935-1984)
----------- from . . . y no se lo tragó la tierra/And the Earth Did Not Devour Him

Lucille Clifton (b. 1936)
the thirty eighth year
i am accused of tending to the past
at the cemetery, walnut grove plantation, south carolina, 1989
in white America

June Jordan (b. 1936)
Poem About My Rights
To Free Nelson Mandela
Moving Towards Home

Rudolfo A. Anaya (b. 1937)
from Bless Me, Ultima
----------- Dieciocho

Thomas Pynchon (b. 1937)

Nicholasa Mohr (b. 1938)
from Rituals of Survival

Raymond Carver (1938-1988)
from Cathedral
----------- A Small Good Thing

Lawson Fusao Inada (b. 1938)
Instructions to All Persons
Two Variations on a Theme by Thelonius Monk as Inspired by Mal Waldron
----------- Introduction: Monk's Prosody
----------- I. Blue Monk (linear)
----------- II. Blue Monk (percussive)
Kicking the Habit
On Being Asian American

Michael S. Harper (b. 1938)
Song: I Want a Witness
Nightmare Begins Responsibility
Here Where Coltrane Is
A Narrative of the Life and Times of John Coltrane: Played by Himself
Camp Story

Joyce Carol Oates (b. 1938)
Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

Ishmael Reed (b. 1938)
I am a cowboy in the boat of Ra
Flight to Canada

Toni Cade Bambara (1939-1995)
The Lesson

Frank Chin (b. 1940)
Railroad Standard Time

Cluster: Prison Literature

Etheridge Knight (1931-1991)
The Idea of Ancestry
The Violent Space (or when your sister sleeps around for money)
Ilu, the Talking Drum
A Poem for Myself (or Blues for a Mississippi Black Boy)

Jimmy Santiago Baca (b. 1952)
I've Taken Risks
I Put on My Jacket
Ghost Reading in Sacramento

Kathy Boudin (b. 1943)
The Call
Our Skirt
A Trilogy of Journeys

Leonard Peltier (b. 1944)
from Prison Writings

Judee Norton (b. 1949)
Norton #59900

James Welch (Blackfeet-Gros Ventre) (b. 1940)
from Winter in the Blood

Bharati Mukherjee (b. 1940)
A Wife's Story

Maxine Hong Kingston (b. 1940)
No Name Woman

Bobbie Ann Mason (b. 1940)

Simon Ortiz (Acoma Pueblo) (b. 1941)
from Sand Creek

John Edgar Wideman (b. 1941)

Gloria Anzaldúa (1942-2004)
from Borderlands / La Frontera
----------- 3. Entering into the Serpent
----------- 7. La conciencia de la mestiza/Toward a New Consciousness

Janice Mirikitani (b. 1942)
For My Father
Desert Flowers
Breaking Tradition

Pat Mora (b. 1942)
Border Town: 1938
Unnatural Speech
University Avenue

James Alan McPherson (b. 1943)
A Solo Song: For Doc

Lee Smith (b. 1944)
The Bubba Stories

Pedro Pietri (1944-2004)
Puerto Rican Obituary
Traffic Violations

Richard Rodriguez (b. 1944)
from The Hunger of Memory

Alice Walker (b. 1944)

Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna) (b. 1948)

Wendy Rose (Hopi) (b. 1948)
Throat Song: The Rotating Earth
To the Hopi in Richmond (Santa Fe Indian Village)
If I Am Too Brown or Too White for You
Story Keeper

Sandra Maria Esteves (b. 1948) and Luz María Umpierre (b. 1947): A Poetry Exchange
A la Mujer Borrinqueña (Esteves)
In Response (Umpierre)
So Your Name Isn't María Cristina (Esteves)
Music d'Orsay (Umpierre)

 Jessica Hagedorn (b. 1949)
The Blossoming of BongBong
The Death of Anna May Wong
Filipino Boogie
Vulva Operetta

Dorothy Allison (b. 1949)
Don't Tell Me You Don't Know

Victor Hernandez Cruz (b. 1949)
urban dream
Mountain Building
Table of Contents

Carolyn Forché (b. 1950)
from The Country Between Us
----------- The Colonel
Because One Is Always Forgotten
As Children Together
from The Recording Angel

Paula Vogel (b. 1951)
How I Learned to Drive

Karen Tei Yamashita (b. 1951)
from Tropic of Orange
----------- 2. Benefits - Koreatown

Garrett Kaoru Hongo (b. 1951)
Yellow Light
Off from Swing Shift
Who Among You Knows the Essence of Garlic?
And Your Soul Shall Dance
The Unreal Dwelling: My Years in Volcano

Joy Harjo (Creek) (b. 1951)
The Woman Hanging from the Thirteenth Floor Window
New Orleans
Deer Dancer
We Must Call a Meeting

Tato Laveria (b. 1951)
Latero Story

Judith Ortiz Cofer (b. 1952)
The Woman Who Was Left at the Altar
My Father in the Navy: A Childhood Memory
En Mis Ojos No Hay Días
Latin Women Pray

Rita Dove (b. 1952)
Kentucky, 1833
The Oriental Ballerina

Naomi Shihab Nye (b. 1952)
Different Ways to Pray
My Father and the Figtree
Where the Soft Air Lives

Gary Soto (b. 1952)
Braly Street
The Cellar
Mexicans Begin Jogging
Black Hair
Kearney Park

Rane Arroyo (b. 1953)
My Transvestite Uncle Is Missing
Caribbean Braille
Write What You Know
That Flag

Louise Erdrich (b. 1954)
from Love Medicine
----------- Saint Marie (1934)

Lorna Dee Cervantes (b. 1954)
Beneath the Shadow of the Freeway
Poem for the Young White Man Who Asked Me How I, an Intelligent, Read Person Could Believe in the War Between Races

Helena María Viramontes (b. 1954)
The Cariboo Café

Aurora Levins Morales (b. 1954)
Child of the Americas
Heart of My Heart, Bone of My Bone

Sandra Cisneros (b. 1954)

Gish Jen (b. 1955)
In the American Society

Kimiko Hahn (b. 1955)
Resistance: A Poem on Ikat Cloth

Li-Young Lee (b. 1957)
I Ask My Mother to Sing
My Father, in Heaven, Is Reading Out Loud
With Ruins
This Room and Everything in It

David Foster Wallace (b. 1962)
The Devil Is a Busy Man

Chang-Rae Lee (b.1965)
Coming Home Again

Sherman Alexie (b. 1966)
Because My Father Always Said He Was the Only Indian Who Saw Jimi
----------- Hendrix Play "The Star Spangled Banner" at Woodstock

Edwidge Danticat (b. 1969)
New York Day Women

Minh Duc Nguyen
Tale of Apricot